|Four Seasons: The Vivaldi Album
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In January of 2013, Anne Akiko Meyers was awarded exclusive lifetime use of the legendary 1741 Vieuxtemps Guarneri del Gesu, which has been dubbed the Mona Lisa of violins. It is legendary for its peerless sound and near-pristine condition, and is believed to be the most expensive violin ever purchased.
The violin has been guarded for centuries, and has not been in the recording studio until now.
Composed around 1723, The Four Seasons is today one of the most beloved musical compositions. Originally written and performed by Vivaldi and the chamber orchestra he formed at a girls orphanage in Venice, these concerti were largely forgotten after the composer s death until their rediscovery in the 1920s and subsequent recording in the 50s. A set of sonnets, likely penned by Vivaldi himself, accompany the score and describe the natural settings that inspired the music.
This album follows Ms. Meyers chart-topping eOne releases including Air: The Bach Album one of the top-selling classical albums of 2012 as well as Seasons...dreams and Smile.
|Most Relaxing Classical Music in the Universe
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The Most Relaxing Classical Music in The Universe, the 1st 2-CD set in the & Most Relaxing, series features some of the most well known classical pieces of all time, including Canon in D, Clair De Lune, Fur Elise, Ave Marie, Moonlight Sonata, Adagio for Strings, Greensleeves, and More! Perfect for the casual music listener, this collection features nearly 2 hours of music to study, read and relax at home with. Purchase a copy now and sooth your soul with the the Most Relaxing Classical Music in the Universe!
|25 Classical Favorites
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The first new release for ten years from Martha Argerich and Claudio Abbado is their first ever album of concertos by Mozart.
The legendary pianist and conductor add the sublime music of Mozart to their unrivaled, multi award-winning DG discography of concertos by Tchaikovsky, Chopin, Ravel, Prokofiev, Beethoven and Liszt.
Both concertos were recorded with Claudio Abbado s Orchestra Mozart, at concert performances at the 2013 Lucerne Festival that had critics searching for new superlatives.
The album contrasts two very different works. Written in D minor, the key of the Queen Of the Night and the opening of Mozart s Requiem, the darkly dramatic No.20, K.466 has a stormy, operatic temperament that looks forward eighteen months to the premiere of Don Giovanni.
With its majestic and radiant opening and a march famously reminiscent of the Marseillaise, No.25 in C major, K.503 is the culmination of the twelve transcendent concertos Mozart wrote in Vienna between 1784 and 1786.
This release is Martha Argerich s first recording of solo concertos by Mozart on Deutsche Grammophon.
|1930s Violin Concertos, Vol. 1: Barber, Berg, Hartmann, Stravinsky, Britten
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These concerti have achieved iconic status within a violinist's repertory. Gil Shaham is the leading violinist of his generation. Conductor David Robertson conducts three of the concerti performances. Four of the world's leading orchestras are heard here, including the New York Philharmonic and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. All but Hartmann's Concerto funebre are live concert recordings.
|50 Classics For Relaxation (2 CD)
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This timeless music speaks to the heart, soothes the soul and stirs the senses. 50 Classics for Relaxation is a special collection of classical music perfect for 'quiet time.' These
arrangements are an easy background for meditation, yoga,
a romantic evening-anytime the listener wants to slow down.
With 50 compelling songs by master composers, our collection will appeal to classical music aficionados and
those looking for stress relief. It truly speaks to everyone in the universal voice of symphonic sounds - it's
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|Romance of the Violin
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Every track on this CD contains a beautiful melody, many of them easily recognizable, all of them exuding tranquility. "O mio babbino caro" from Puccini's Gianni Schicchi opens the disc, with Bell delicately accompanied by a harp and spinning the long melody with great sensitivity. Bellini's "Casta diva" from Norma lives up to its reputation as the epitome of bel canto in Bell's hands; his violin sings. The middle movement of Mozart's 21st Piano Concerto takes well to the violin, and Debussy's "The Girl with the Flaxen Hair" is played with great warmth and sensuality. It would be easy to turn a recital like this into treacle, but Bell is wise enough to realize that the music is already sweet enough and he plays with great reserve and a minimum of sentimental slides. The light accompaniments always support, with woodwinds prominent but used with grace. This CD, in short, is a beauty: a fine gift, a lovely mood setter. --Robert Levine
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|Mozart for Meditation
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- Record Label: Philips
- Catalog#: 28944637823